Tuesday, April 9, 2013

James Smith, Walpole, MA - 1755


IN MEMORY OF
Mr. JAMES SMITH
WHO DIED MARCH
29TH 1755
IN Ye 49TH YEAR 
OF HIS AGE

The Old Burial Place, Walpole, Massachusetts

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Abigail Clap, Walpole, MA - 1789



The Old Burial Place, Walpole, Massachusetts



In Memory of Mrs. Abigail,
wife of JOSHUA CLAP
Esqr, who Died Augst,
ye 12th 1789
in ye 82nd year,
of her
Age.

Carver: Fisher Farrington Shop

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Anne Haynes, Wayland, MA -1757


"She Was a Worthy Charitable Woman"

North Cemetery, Wayland, Massachusetts


Here Lies Buried
The Body of Mrs
Anne Haynes Wife
of Joshua Haynes
Esqr. Who Died Decem.
29 1757 In ye 80
year of Her Age
She Was a Worthy
Charitable Woman

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Robert Allen, Walpole, MA - 1778


A very unusual carving. I'd love to be able to identify the carver.
 
Old Burial Ground, Walpole, Massachusetts


In Memory of 
Mr. Robert Allen
who Died Octr. 13th
1778, Aged 84
Years.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Jonathan Simpson, Wayland, MA - 1733


Now if only every gravestone would include this information!



North Cemetery, Wayland, Massachusetts



HERE LYES Ye BODY OF
Mr. JONATHAN SIMPSON
LATE OF BOSTON WHO
DEPARTED THIS LIFE
NOVr. 1733 IN Ye 54TH YEAR OF HIS AGE

CHARLESTOWN doth claim his Birth
BOSTON his Habitation
SUDBURY hath his Grave
Where was his Expiration

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Mary Harvey, Deerfield, MA - 1785

A carver's poignant tribute to the loss of a mother and child.


The Old Burial Ground, Deerfield, Massachusetts


In Memory of
Mary the Wife of 
Simeon Harvey
Who Departed this
Life December 20th
1785 In 39th year of
Her age on her left 
arm lieth the Infant
Wich was still
Born


Wednesday, June 6, 2012

George Clapp, Norton, MA - 1845

Grafton, Massachusetts carpenter and home builder, George Clapp is buried in a family plot in his family's native town of Norton, Massachusetts. He shares a joint gravestone with his wife, daughter, mother and father.  Despite the early deaths of George and his family, this stone was likely put into place after the death of his mother in 1860.


GEORGE CLAPP
1799 - 1845
HIS WIFE
MALINDA
1804 - 1840
THEIR DAUGHTER
SARAH E.
1839 - 1842


OLIVER CLAPP
1771 - 1853
HIS WIFE
LUCINDA
1776 - 1860


Norton Center Cemetery, Norton, Massachusetts

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Rachel Clark, Medway, MA - 1758


Evergreen Cemetery, Medway, MA


IN MEMORY OF
Mrs. RACHEL 
CLARK DECd
JANry ye 25th
1758 IN
THE 76th YEAR
OF HER AGE

bottom design detail

This is a very unique old stone. I haven't come across a geometric design like this very often, particularly in the 1750s, in this part of Norfolk County. I would like to know who the carver is.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Aaron Wight & his two wives, Medway, MA - 1813


Evergreen Cemetery, Medway, Massachusetts


In Memory of
Doctr. AARON WIGHT
who died Feb. 8th 1813
in his 71st Year
---------------
In memory of two wives
of Doctr. Aaron Wight
1st wife Mrs. MARY WIGHT,
died June 14th 1771 in
her 23d Year
2nd wife Mrs. MARY WIGHT
died Aug. 26th 1775 in
her 23d Year.



Imagine that - two wives, both named Mary and both die in their 23rd year. Talk about some confusing genealogical research!

Doctor Aaron Wight actually had three wives. His third wife was named Jemima and she outlived him to die at age 66 in 1833.

The style of the stone, with the willow and urn, shows us that it is contemporary to the time period when Aaron Wight died even though is first two wives died in the 1770s.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Anne Barber, Medfield, MA - 1746


Hear Lies the Body
of Mrs. Anne Barber
the wife of Decon
George Barber
who Dyed
October ye 15th
A.D. 1746
in the 62nd Year
of har Age

Vine Lake Cemetery, Medfield, Massachusetts